Legal Professor Jonathan Turley Just Explained The One Reason Kyle Rittenhouse Took The Stand

Legal Professor Jonathan Turley Just Explained The One Reason Kyle Rittenhouse Took The Stand

Many supporters of Kyle Rittenhouse felt shocked, and a bit scared when he took the stand today in his own defense. The sentiment among many supporters of Kyle was that the defense had done a great job of defending Kyle, and proving his actions were self-defense, and also that the prosecution duo has made a mess out of things from the get-go. So, many folks were anxious when Kyle took the stand, fearing that the jury could use it against him later. Personally, I was nervous for him, because he’s just a young kid, but I understood from an innocent person’s perspective why he did it.

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And when he took the stand, he broke down in tears:

However, emotions aside, now we have an actual “legal reason” why Kyle and his defense team did what they did, and it comes from legal professor Jonathan Turley.

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He explains why Kyle and his defense team decided to put him on the stand to testify in his own defense.

Here’s what Professor Turley explained. Kyle is going for an acquittal, not a “hung jury” and that’s why they placed him on the stand.

Kyle Rittenhouse just broke down on the stand. The defense has done a strong job on direct. Defense attorneys often do not want to risk such testimony. However, this is clearly a strategy for acquittal not just a hung jury…

…Prosecution witnesses imploded earlier. It would have been tempting to just minimize risk and not put Rittenhouse on the stand. However, such a move could left lingering doubts in jurors if you want to nail an acquittal…

…As a criminal defense attorney, I have been critical of the tendency to hold back defendants in high-profile cases.

…There is risk here particularly with a defendant who just broke down on direct. However, there are risks to not taking the stand.

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I believe Kyle did the right thing. I believe 100 percent this is a case of self-defense.

We can argue all day long if it was a good or bad idea that he was there – that’s not what this trial is about.

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What happened when he was there looks to be a clear-cut case of self-defense, and because this case is so high-profile, and Kyle has been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, it was important to humanize him to the jury and remind them he is just a young kid who found himself in a very dangerous situation with violent people.

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